On Wednesday, the UFC announced British light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled UFC Fight Night  56 main event matchup with Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua after suffering a broke foot in training camp. Ovince Saint Preux, who was originally scheduled to appear in the night’s co-main event against Francimar Barroso, has been named his replacement.

OSP (16-6), a former University of Tennessee linebacker, is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Ryan Bader in their main event matchup at UFC Fight Night 47 in August. The loss snapped OSP’s five-fight winning streak, which included finishes over Ryan Jimmo, Nikita Krylov and Cody Donovan under the UFC banner. He will enter this bout with 12 career stoppage victories, including seven by way of knockout.

Shogun (22-9), a former UFC light heavyweight champion and 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix Champion, was last seen on the receiving end of third round TKO loss to fellow MMA icon Dan Henderson in their main event matchup at UFC Fight Night 38. Prior to this win, he earned a violent first round knockout against James Te Huna at UFC Fight Night 33 in December 2013. He will enter this bout with a UFC record of 6-7, with all of his wins ending by way of knockout.

UFC Fight Night 56 is currently scheduled to take place on November 8 at the Ginásio Municipal Tancredo Neves in Uberlândia, Brazil. A flyweight number one contender matchup between Ian McCall and John Lineker will serve as the night co-main event. The entire main card is scheduled to air on Fox Sports 1.

Here is how the rest of the card is shaping up:

  • Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Ian McCall vs. John Lineker
  • Warlley Alves vs. Alan Jouban
  • Cláudio Silva vs. Leon Edwards
  • Juliana Lima vs. Nina Ansaroff
  • Diego Rivas vs. Rodolfo Rubio
  • Caio Magalhães vs. Trevor Smith
  • Dhiego Lima vs. Pawel Pawlak
  • Leandro Silva vs. Charlie Brenneman
  • Thomas Almeida vs. Tim Gorman

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